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Whirlpool Washer is Making Loud Noise

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Washer is making loud noise are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Washer is making loud noise

Cause 1Bearing

The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassembling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing both the outer tub and bearing.

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Bearing for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Bearing - Part # 470615 Mfg Part # 285203

Centerpost bearing and seal kit for direct drive washer. The brake removal tool is needed for easy removal of your original bearing. Please see related items below.

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Cause 2Bearing

The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassembling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing both the outer tub and bearing.

Parts
Bearing for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Bearing - Part # 470616 Mfg Part # 285205

Agitator ball bearing kit inside gearcase

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Cause 3Bearing

The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassembling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing both the outer tub and bearing.

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Bearing for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
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Cause 4Bearing

The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassembling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing both the outer tub and bearing.

Parts
Bearing for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Bearing - Part # 1180074 Mfg Part # WP8546455

Center post bearing, upper

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Cause 5Bearing

The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassembling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing both the outer tub and bearing.

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Bearing for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Bearing - Part # 1180081 Mfg Part # WP8546462
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Cause 6Motor Coupling

The motor coupling might have failed. The motor coupling connects the motor to the washer transmission. If the washer is overloaded, the motor coupling will fail in order to protect both the motor and transmission. The motor coupling can also fail due to normal wear. Inspect the motor coupling to determine if it is broken. If the motor coupling is broken, replace it.

Parts
Motor Coupling for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Motor Coupling - Part # 1195967 Mfg Part # 285753A

Washer drive motor coupler. New style with metal sleeves for added strength. This version replaces all previous motor coupler styles and versions. For direct drive washing machines. Common symptom of failed coupler is washer will fill, not agitate or spin but will drain the water from the tub.

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Cause 7Clutch

The clutch assembly makes the connection between the transmission and the inner tub. It helps the tub to gradually get up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears out over time, it may become loud during the spin cycle or just after the spin cycle finishes. The clutch is not repairable—if the clutch is worn out, replace it.

Parts
Clutch for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Clutch - Part # 2670 Mfg Part # 285785

Washing machine clutch assembly with hardware. *Blue spring for large capacity washers, black for compacts. A worn clutch often causes a slower spin speed which leaves the clothes soaked after the cycle.

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Cause 8Transmission

The washer transmission might be worn out or defective. Transmissions have gears in them that can fail causing the washer to to be noisy during operation. However, this is almost never the case. Before replacing the transmission, first check all of the other more commonly defective parts.

Parts
Transmission for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Transmission - Part # 423 Mfg Part # 3360629

Transmission (gearbox) for direct-drive washing machines. If the gears inside the transmission are worn out, the washer may not spin.

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Cause 9Transmission

The washer transmission might be worn out or defective. Transmissions have gears in them that can fail causing the washer to to be noisy during operation. However, this is almost never the case. Before replacing the transmission, first check all of the other more commonly defective parts.

Parts
Transmission for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Transmission - Part # 470758 Mfg Part # 285515

Gearcase housing kit with main drive gear

Cause 10Drain Pump

If the washer is making a loud noise while draining, the drain pump might be clogged or defective. Sometimes, small objects or articles of clothing can get caught in the drain pump. To determine if anything is blocking the drain pump, remove the drain pump and check the pump for obstructions. If the drain pump is clear of obstructions, but is still noisy during the drain cycle, replace the drain pump.

Parts
Drain Pump for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Drain Pump - Part # 3296 Mfg Part # WP3363394

Washing machine drain pump. The pump mounts directly to the motor with two clips. If the washer does not drain then the pump could be locked up or a small object may be clogging it. A small leak in front of the washer could be caused by a defective pump.

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Cause 11Drive Motor

The drive motor bearings might be worn out. Washer motors are normally very quiet during operation. To determine if the washer motor is defective, remove the drive belt from the washer and then run the motor. If the motor is still loud, this indicates that the drive motor is defective and needs to be replaced.

Parts
Drive Motor for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Drive Motor - Part # 675936 Mfg Part # WP661600

Washing machine drive motor, 2 speed. If your drive motor is defective, the washer won't spin, agitate, or drain.

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Cause 12Water Inlet Valve

If the washer is noisy or loud, particularly when the washer is filling, the water inlet valve may be at fault. Over time, mineral deposits can build up inside the valve and cause a restriction. If the water inlet valve is restricted, it will make noise during the fill cycle. If the water inlet valve is defective, replace it. Do not attempt to repair the water inlet valve—taking apart the valve makes it susceptible to failure.

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Water Inlet Valve for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Water Inlet Valve - Part # 1480998 Mfg Part # WPW10144820

Water inlet valve and inlet assembly with thermistor for water temp sensing. The water inlet valve opens to allow water to enter the washing machine. If the water inlet valve is defective, the wash may fill slowly or not fill at all.

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